Thursday, November 30, 2006

Seems The Romney Fans missed this one

Will it sink the Romney campaign? I just have a hard time seeing him win in the South.

Romney spinning right after turning to the left
Joan Vennochi, THE BOSTON GLOBE

Take Romney's war on gay marriage in Massachusetts. The governor is asking the state's highest court to force a referendum on a proposed amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Obviously, Romney is laboring hard to establish his social-conservative credentials for upcoming Republican primaries.
But, as a recent opinion piece in Bay Windows, New England's largest publication for lesbians and gays, noted, "Anyone thinking of supporting Romney's bid for president because of his socially conservative views on gay people should know a few things about the governor."
Among the items writer Susan Ryan-Vollmar notes: When he ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate in 1994, Romney wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Log Cabin Club, pledging that as "we seek to establish full equality for American gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent." During that same campaign, Romney was accused of once describing gay people as "perverse." In response, Romney's campaign vehemently denied he used the word "perverse" and said he respected "all people regardless of their race, creed, or sexual orientation."
While running for governor in 2002, Romney and his running mate, Kerry Healey, distributed pink fliers at a Gay Pride parade, declaring "Mitt and Kerry wish you a great Pride weekend." He backed domestic partner benefits for public employees. In his inaugural speech, he promised to defend civil rights "regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or race."
As governor, he appointed openly gay and lesbian people to high-profile administration positions. He doubled the budget line item for the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, until he tried to disband it last May.

I have said numerous times that Romney is not my first choice for the GOP nod. I am beginning to wonder if Utah Policy Daily should be called, "Mitt Romney Campaign Central Newsletter." Romney's flips will hurt him with the social conservatives. McCain and Guiliani aren't social conservatives, but I like Rudy because I at least know where he stands.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Full equality for gays" and "no gay marriage" are NOT mutually exclusive positions. Really.

Anonymous said...

Where Rudy's character stands is a lot more questionable than Romney's. What about Rudy's escapades with his wife and living with other women? Then trying to cover it and saying just the opposite. Much more fishy to me.

Anonymous said...

I'm just wondering if you have even read the original sources. Have you? Or are you just believing the spin from Liberal Media?

I just read the interview he gave to Bay Windows that is quoted so freely. Is he right on my issues no, but who is? But the idea he is doing anything but supporting the idea that gays shouldn't be treated badly just because they are gay is wrong. I support gays not being treated badly. That doesn't mean I support Gay Marriage. In fact I strongly oppose it.

Aaron, Susan Bramble, or whoever you are I am disapointed that you are attacking a Great Choice for President with the Liberal talking points!!!

The Great Politico said...

Actually, it is in the National Journal, and you need a subscription to read it.

Even if this is liberal spin, Romney still has not come clean on this and is avoiding talking about it, by ducking reporter's questions. If it weren't true, wouldn't he respond.

Now his pro-life credentials are being questioned. HE IS A FLIP-FLOPPER. Thanks Utah Conservative for alerting me to this, I hunted it down on National Journal to read it myself (but you probably couldn't do that anonymous, you are probably too stupid to check it out)

Anonymous said...

Great Politico,

Nice try. I don't know if the National Journal has a similiar interview...as you said its subscription only and I already read this sited as the original source in almost every paper that reported it....Bay Windows is an original source from 1994. You can read his interview here: http://www.baywindows.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=26587BAB4F7F4BB8BF70853D994A0151

If you have concerns about his stance fine, but to attack using comments like you do show how little you really have.

Maybe someday you will understand people shouldn't automatically hate people because they are gay.